“There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart.” —Mahatma Gandhi
Devoted Father, Husband, Brother, Grandfather, Family member, Neighbor, and Friend. Charles Burks, Sr. has left an indelible and palpable impact on all who were Blessed to have known him and all who were touched by his remarkable life.
On January 8, 1925, in Clearview, Oklahoma; Evelyn and Jones Burks, Sr. celebrated the birth of their child, Charles Burks, Sr. who they nicknamed, Foots, because his feet were so large at a young age. Evelyn and Jones had 3 children total, Charles being the middle child.
Charles accepted Christ at an early age and when he moved to Tulsa he united with Progressive Baptist Church. Then later moved to Timothy Baptist Church under the pastorate of Rev. Gilkey.
He received his education in the Clearview public schools and was an outstanding athlete in basketball and baseball. He also enjoyed boxing, hunting wildlife, and swimming. Charles furthered his education by attending Langston University where he studied agriculture.
He was a proud veteran of the United States Navy. In 1943, he was drafted and served his country in World War II. In 1952, Charles married Sarah J. Lane until she departed this life in 2014.
After 97 great years on earth, Charles Burks, Sr. passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Thursday, September 15, 2022.
Charles was loved and well respected by all who graced his presence. Many children in his neighborhood, where he lived for over 60 years, looked to him as a father and mentor. He truly enjoyed all that life had to offer. His great sense of humor; big heart; love for his family, neighbors, and friends will sincerely be missed.
Charles was proceeded in death by his parents, Evelyn and Jones Burks, Sr: his siblings, Versalee Burks-Blount and Jones (Bug) Burks, Jr.; and his wife of 62 years, Sarah.
To cherish wonderful memories of his life, Charles leaves his children Alfred C. Charles, Arlandus E. Burks, Sandra K. Burks-Moore, Mark E. Burks, Kerry C. Burks (Linda), Tulsa, OK; Charles Burks, Jr. (Cassandra), McKinney, TX. Charles is also survived by his precious grandchildren, Demario Burks, DeAngelo Burks, Sylvester Moore, Arlandus Burks, Jr., Starla Burks, Delanna Burks, Kerry Burks, Jr., Kayla Burks, Chas Burks, and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors, and friends.
Visitation for Charles will be held at Butler-Stumpff & Dyer Funeral Home on Friday, September 23, 2022 from 12 PM-8 PM.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Metropolitan Baptist Church on Saturday, September 24, 2022 at 11:00 AM.
- Date & Time: September 23, 2022 (12:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
- Venue: Butler-Stumpff & Dyer Funeral Home
- Location: 2103 East 3rd Street Tulsa, OK 74104
- Phone Number: (918) 587-7000
Celebration of Life
- Date & Time: September 24, 2022 (11:00 AM)
- Venue: Metropolitan Baptist Church
- Location: 1228 W Apache St Tulsa, OK 74127
- Phone Number: (918) 425-5402